Sunday, 1 March 2009

Cocktail hour

Well, Hans is excited that we have reached H in his A to Z cocktail challenge, as he has known from the start what cocktail he would choose - the Harvey Wallbanger, after a particularly lively and kindly-remembered gentleman acquaintance of his by the name of Harvey, who apparently loved the outdoors life. In Soho.  

Pour one part vodka to four parts orange juice onto ice. Then carefully add one part Galliano, an Italian herbal liqueur. The Galliano will sit on top of the orange juice and vodka. Sip and enjoy, while wondering what you're going to do with the rest of that bottle of Galliano.

The HW was invented in 1952 by Duke Antone, a three times world champion mixologist and a personal hero of Hans' (a black and white photo of Duke is on Hans' bedroom wall, next to the Westlife poster). Legend has it that Signor Antone also invented the Rusty Nail (drambuie and whiskey), a particular favourite of mine, and a quite magnificent cold cure. What a guy.

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